This craft has a bit of preparation – there is some cutting out for an adult or older child to do. I made a template to speed the process up!
All you need to make the ‘baby in the manger’ scene is :-
Good quality paper plates – preferably with a definite rim. You will be using the back of the plate.
Tissue paper cut into squares – dark blue and yellow
Shredded tissue paper – yellow
Brown paper cut into small squares
Grey/dark crayons to shade the silhouette of the baby’s head
To make –
Have an example to show the children and explain what it is that they are making.
Stick the tissue paper and brown paper followed by shredded tissue to make the straw. Add the star and shade the silhouette of the babies head.
For this stage give children an additional paper plate to act as a support under the craft plate. It will make sticking much easier.
When everything has dried the final stage is to fold the plate.
Luke 2:15 ‘When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another. ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’
Craft to make – Christmas stockings – all you need is paper or card cut into a stocking shape. Decorate with stickers and glitter. Have a look here for more ideas.
third week of advent…
Matthew 1:21 ‘ She wil bear a son,and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’
A simple decoration to make – multi coloured card bauble. All you need to do is cut circles (you could make bell or tree shapes too) and stick coloured shiney paper all over. Punch a hole and add thread so you can hang from the Christmas tree.
John 8:12 ‘Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’
A craft to make – Jesus is the light of the world candle stained glass.
Print picture from the PDF (see below for the link) onto card. Cut out flame. (Older children can do this for themselves but prepare it ahead of time for younger ones) Colour or paint the heart and cross. I used wax crayons to blend the colours. Add writing ‘Jesus is the light of the world’. You may need to write this first and then decorate the heart. It can be tricky writing over wax crayon! Stick tissue paper to the reverse. Hang at a window.
Jesus_is_the_Light – PDF file.
John 1:9 ‘The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.’
Craft to make – Christmas Lantern decoration
You can make large or small lanterns – the basic pattern is the same. You need long strips of paper folded in half lengthenways. Cut into the fold but not right across. Open out and attach some double sided tape as in the photo and stick to make the lantern. Add a handle using double sided tape. (You can use glue but double sided tape sticks really well)
All you need for this snowflake craft – beads and 3 pipe cleaners. Couldn’t be easier! Just criss cross the pipe cleaners to make a star shape and add the beads. Turn the pipe cleaner ends over slightly so the beads stay on. That’s it!
This is a lovely idea and very easy to make. You need to be patient though – let the glue dry completely or the buttons will fall off!